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Expertly renovated historic château for sale in the Loire


The Château du Grand-Lucé, a historic monument in the Loire is now for sale. The 10 million euro property was recently renovated by its current owner, award-winning designer Timothy Corrigan.

Located in the Loire valley, the 18th century neoclassical mansion known as the Château du Grand-Lucé has just gone up for sale. The luxury residence is a privately owned French National Landmark, whose current owner, Timothy Corrigan, has been named one of Architectural Digest’s top 100 architects and designers.

Corrigan purchased the château in 2005 for 2.2 million euros and spent six years renovating the property’s 29 rooms — including 15 bedrooms — 17 bathrooms, expansive outdoor spaces, as well as the house’s original private chapel.

At the time, the acclaimed American designer planned to live in the property “at least one weekend a month.” However, he tells Bloomberg: “last year, I only went a total of 6 days and this year I have not been there once.”

The château faces a small French village on one side, and is bordered by its own private forest, lake, and rolling fields on the other side of its finely manicured gardens. Sprawling over 74 acres, the grounds comprise a neatly designed formal garden — complete with symmetrical hedges and conical topiaries — an exotic garden, which borders the circular heated swimming pool, and a kitchen garden featuring an array of herbs, fruit and vegetables.

Adjacent buildings contain an orangery — for housing trees during the winter — a theater — which is located in the property’s former stables — a gym, a game room as well as staff apartments, two greenhouses and six garages.

The interior retains its original detailing, including hand carved woodwork, limestone and wood floors, 24 original stone fireplaces and a salon containing murals by famed 18th century Rococo painter Jean-Baptiste Pillement.

Alongside its traditional French château feel, the property boasts more modern amenities such as: a central heating system, motor-controlled entrances, an elevator serving all floors, wireless Internet throughout the house and gardens, and a helicopter pad.

The property is located a little less than an hour from Paris by train — and just 20 minutes by helicopter! It is offered at two prices: 10 million euros empty, or 13 million euros with all furniture and fixings.

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Photo credit: Stribling


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